This Fire

This Fire
This Fire

Poetic expression knows no bounds and in the pursuit of perfection, the poet reaches into every corner, under every stone, to come ever closer to a perfection never reached. It seems in that sense a waisted enterprise, yet what would give us the strength to go on otherwise. It is not just the words, not just the skills we have learned but more the heart and intention that matters. So in that pursuit I lay prostrate, open and bleeding, hoping that my truths touch others as they have touched me. All else in my work is superfluous, one either connects or doesn’t and that’s what defines successful poetry, not numbers, readership or comparisons can dictate the value of creative expression. We are only human.

This Fire
Tony DeLorger © 2019

A rasping contentious voice, bellows,
a mild-mannered fractious release,
having kept his hat on for so long,
his grimaced smile appease,
until molten metals and flames exude
his frustration multiplied,
the fires of hell spilled from his mouth
where normally he’d sympathise.

Limits we must acquire,
for that devil conspires to elevate,
what we in hapless states dismiss,
and by the time that bell tolls,
we are a half demon, half a snake’s hiss,
and better keep your distance
when sense in compromised,
for it ain’t a pretty picture, this fire.

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au
videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

11 thoughts on “This Fire

  • March 19, 2019 at 11:01 PM
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    Yes, we are only human and the time comes when a smolderiing fire must erupt – and those in the line of fire need to get out of the way. Very well penned verse, Tony. Take care.

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    • March 20, 2019 at 11:04 PM
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      Thank you, Tony. I am doing well and am happy, for I have love in my heart for all living things and poetry in my soul. X

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  • March 20, 2019 at 8:15 PM
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    Really awesome verse. Seems this world is always smoldering now and another fires of anger and hate might erupt at any moment in time.

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  • March 23, 2019 at 9:53 PM
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    Good to see another fine contribution by you, Tony. Those fires are always smoldering and never take much to reignite.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 8:06 AM
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    Constantly battling demons. Thank you Tony for your well written verse and I hope you are well. Jamie

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    • March 24, 2019 at 8:27 PM
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      Thanks Jamie, yes all is good. Writing, creating music and art, my loves in life. Take care my friend.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 11:21 AM
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    It is better, for me at least to unleash that fire when no one is around, knowing full well that anyone that gets in the way will end up being burned. Then there is nothing more but to offer an empty apology, because I never know when that fire will start to burn again. Excellent work my friend as always.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 8:28 PM
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    Much appreciated Paul, yes we all have that innate fire, the trick is to get it under control: now always easy. Hope you are well and happy. Cheers!

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